COMMON COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS
Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 7:00 P.M.
Common Council Chambers
Mayor McDonald led in the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:05 PM
Roll call was taken:
PRESENT: Mayor McDonald EXCUSED: NONE
Council President Primeau
Council Member Kennedy
Council Member Turcotte
Council Member Nolin
Council Member Ceccucci
Council Member Signoracci
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Ordinance No. 11 for the year 2009:
AN ORDINANCE TO ADD ARTICLE V TO CHAPTER 266 OF THE CITY CODE WITH RESPECT TO A PARKING VIOLATIONS AMNESTY PROGRAM
Mayor McDonald, “As discussed over the past couple of months, with the Council, we have been adopting a variety of different measures to try to increase our parking violations collection. As mentioned before most of our tickets are issued in some neighborhoods that experience a large turnover of residents. We did not have a cost effective mechanism to update the tickets to the license plates that were issued. Now we have found a vendor with a very effective tool in regards to the boot, and the vendor is able to coordinate and update all the outstanding tickets violations with the current license plate. The amnesty is a suggestion that was made to give people one final opportunity to pay up their outstanding violations, before we implement the boot. The amnesty would become effective October 1, 2009 through October 31, 2009. It would be for any ticket issued and outstanding up until September 1, 2009. We have about 4-5 years of outstanding tickets. The City is required to promote and advertise it, to get the message out. Every person who has an outstanding ticket will receive a letter from the parking violations bureau, with language stating that if they do not comply, they will be subject to more severe penalties. The proposal is to provide a 40% discount on the outstanding base penalty plus fines”.
Council Member Nolin, “Will a letter go out to all individuals, regardless of number of tickets?”
Mayor McDonald, “Yes”.
Council Member Signoracci, “What percentage will the company get?”
Mayor McDonald, “They will not see any rewards from the back tickets. They will get 30% of all tickets after November 1, 2009 on outstanding tickets.”
Council Member Turcotte, “If multiple tickets, will they all be listed on one letter?”
Mayor McDonald, “Yes, I believe so.”
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Ordinance No. 11 for 2009 passed.
Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci introduced Resolution No. 57 for the year 2009:
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY OF COHOES TO APPLY FOR GRANT OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE STATE OF NEW YORK, ON BEHALF OF ITS OFFICE OF PARKS, RECREATION AND HISTORIC PRESERVATION, TO ACCEPT AND RECEIVE A PARKS DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING PROGRAM GRANT
Mayor McDonald, “As we talked about at the last Economic Development Committee Meeting, the re-submittal of last years grant application for a multi functional use building up at Lansing Park Pool to help replace the decrepit building which were built in the late 60’s or 70’s. These are aged and an eyesore. This is a 50% grant.
A roll call vote was taken, Council President Primeau, and Council Members Kennedy, Turcotte, Nolin, Ceccucci, and Signoracci voted “AYE”. Resolution No. 57 for 2009 passed.
At 7:20 PM, with no further business to come before the Council, the meeting adjourned into the Common Council Workshop.
Lori A. Yando, City Clerk